As any graduate of the Jemma Kidd Makeup School can tell you, makeup brushes are essential tools for creating a perfectly made-up face. Whether you want to go totally glam, with plenty of smoky eye shadow and liquid eyeliner, or you’re looking for a more natural look, quality makeup tools help you accomplish your goals.
For one thing, the right makeup brush will improve your application accuracy. Additionally, high-quality brushes made of natural fibers contain a cuticle that helps you “catch” pigment on the brush bristles. Finally high-quality makeup tools turn application into a real pleasure. Although high-priced brushes may shock you initially, it helps to recognize that quality beauty tools will last for decades with proper maintenance.
To help you find the perfect set of brushes for your needs, we’ve provided a few tips below. Additionally, we provide basic instructions for cleaning and caring for your brushes.
Choosing the Right Set of Makeup Brushes
When you see a snazzy set of makeup brushes all lined up, it’s easy to begin imagining how lovely the whole set would look when arranged on your vanity. However, Paul and Joe makeup artists would advise against focusing solely on looks when choosing a set of beauty tools. A whole set of shoddy items is less useful than three or four high-quality brushes you will enjoy using every day.
At the very least, you will need the following four brushes: an eye-shadow brush about the size of your fingertip, a smaller shadow brush for blending and smudging, a large powder brush, and a smaller fluffy brush for bronzer, highlighter and blush. Paul and Joe makeup’s Portable Face Color Brush is perfect for applying highlights on the fly; it includes elegant champagne gold packaging to protect the beauty tool while it’s stored in your purse.
Beyond this starter set of beauty tools, you may choose to add specialized brushes for applying concealer. Concealer brushes should include a one-and-a-half-inch-wide applicator for freshening the area below the eyes; the Pro Precision Concealer Brush from Jemma Kidd Makeup School is perfect for this purpose.
Additionally, you’ll want a miniscule, pointy brush for hiding blemishes. For sheer, overall coverage, use a makeup sponge.
Caring for your Makeup Brushes
Prevent stains by rinsing light-toned brushes immediately. Just as immediately rinsing dishes makes it easier to wash them, immediately rinsing bright colors out of light makeup tools makes it easier to avoid staining.
Clean brushes regularly to remove product build-up and bacteria. You can purchase a specially made cleaner for your makeup brushes. One advantage of specialized beauty tool cleaners is that, because they are alcohol based, they dry quickly. Be sure to read the instructions for each a specialized cleaner – each product has slightly different specifications. Another option is to wash your makeup brushes with a mild shampoo. Keep in mind that this second option will require at least eight hours of drying time. Extremely dirty or stained brushes may be revived with a specially formulated cleansing oil.
Lastly, know that certain makeup brushes should be cleaned after every use. For instance, lip colors contain sticky emollients that make lip brushes, such as Paul and Joe makeup’s Portable Lip Brush, sticky and hard to use unless you clean them following every application.
Reshape damp, clean brushes so they’re ready for use. While your makeup brushes still hold some clean alcohol or water, use your fingers to mold each brush into the proper shape. For instance, you would want to pinch your fingers into a tip while shaping a Jemma Kid Makeup School Pro Pointed Shadow Brush.
Lay brushes flat to dry. When drying clean brushes, lay them flat. This will prevent water from seeping down into the brush handles and ferrules. (On a brush, the ferrule is the metallic band connecting the brush handle to the bristles. A moist ferrule can rust and cause a makeup brush to deteriorate.) Avoid drying your makeup brushes in a tip-down position; this will press them out of shape and make them harder to use them in the future.
Never dry brushes in direct sunlight or with a blow-dryer. Although these techniques might appear to save drying time, they will destroy your brushes over the long-term. If you are especially short on time, gently run each brush along a paper towel until it’s dry. Finally, remember to use alcohol-based cleansers when time is a factor.
After putting in all that time to clean your brushes, display them proudly in an Art Deco-style brush holder from Paul and Joe makeup. This will keep your brushes easily accessible and organized. Plus, the Paul and Joe makeup’s brush holder is designed to hold brushes with their bristles up – the ideal setup for long-term brush maintenance.
By Christina A. Jefferson
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